Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Above average Roy Rogers, below average DVD transfer . . .
A. Grace | Michigan | 05/03/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
". . . but if you pay under [dollar amount] for a DVD, you can't really complain. Unfortunately, all of Roy's movies will probably be shuffled off to DVD with just as little care. The sound crackles sometimes, and some of Dale's delightful solos are a bit distorted; the picture is fuzzier sometimes than others (even "jumps" once, as though it were a tape), and you have to turn the volume up pretty high compared to typical DVD. Though the quality leaves at least as much to be desired as one would expect considering the price, "Yellow Rose of Texas" is above average Roy Rogers fare. Included are the classic framed man with a beautiful daughter (Dale, of course), Roy's undercover identity as insurance agent, a stunt with Trigger to save a boy in a runaway wagon, a multi-fisted fight featuring the Sons of the Pioneers (minus Pat Brady, since this is 1944), the classic shot of black "blood" dripping through two ceiling boards to give away the winged fugitive (at a rate that says he must have hit an artery and is in serious need of a transfusion!), and lots more great nostalgia inducers. One number by the Sons of the Pioneers, "Timber," is musically even better than usual. It's also interesting to see Dale Evans before that "Queen of the West" persona, which she was originally so against, was firmly established; you'll hear her sing and see her pout those pretty lips, but she won't be riding a horse. (This is partially due, of course, to the fact that much of this setting has to do with riverboats and shows rather than ranches and the frontier.) Even her hair is different than the typical "Cowgirl Dale" look that we fans take for granted. All in all, if you want to see Roy and Dale in restored glory, don't bother with the Alpha Video releases. But if you want to see them on DVD at all, you may have to settle for these, and "Yellow Rose of Texas" is a perfect place to start."
Good sing-along title song.
Robert S. Clay Jr. | St. Louis, MO., USA | 04/18/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Roy Rogers portrays a singing cowboy insurance investigator on a showboat. I know it sounds too weird, but just go with it. Life will be easier. Five years ago Dale Evans' father was framed for an express robbery, and he is still on the run. Roy and the sheriff are both hot on Dad's trail while the real crooks make more mischief. This is a lesser effort by RR and crew. This is one of those "modern" Westerns that feature autos as well as horses. From the complaint department, the emphasis on elaborate song-and-dance numbers detracts from the B Western fun. There is some blazing six-gun action, but not enough to give one time to use up an entire roll of caps. It's always good to see Bob Nolan and The Sons of the Pioneers. Gabby Hayes is not in this one. This movie is of moderate interest to staunch RR fans and those who relish the nostalgia of Saturday matinees. Remember the days when every kid on the block wanted to be a cowboy? From that perspective, viewing and ownership is of value. ;-)"
If you like Roy Rogers
Micheline Anne Montreuil | Quebec city in Canada | 06/30/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you like Roy Rogers, it may be a good idea to nuy this Black & White movie on DVD. Obviously, this movie is old, the voice is no more perfect and the transfert of the movie on a DVD will not restaure it but it shows a kind of movie that Hollywood has made between 1930 and 1950."
"Roy Rogers B-Western Series ... The Yellow Rose of Texas (1
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 10/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Republic Pictures presents "THE YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS" (24 June 1944) (69 mins/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye) moved to California in 1930, at the age of 18 --- played in such musical groups as The Hollywood Hillbillies, Rocky Mountaineers, Texas Outlaws and his own group, the International Cowboys --- In 1934 he formed a group with Bob Nolan and Tim Spencer called "Sons of the Pioneers" --- While in that group he was known as Leonard Slye, then Dick Weston and finally Roy Rogers --- Their songs included "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" --- They first appeared in the western "Rhythm on the Range" (1936), starring Bing Crosby --- In 1937 Roy went solo and made his first starring film in 1938, "Under Western Stars" (1938) --- He made almost 100 films --- then came television, "The Roy Rogers Show" (1951) ran on CBS from October 1951 through September 1964.
Under Joseph Kane (Director), Harry Grey (Producer), Jack Townley (Screenwriter), Jack A. Marta (Cinematographer), Morton Scott (Musical Direction/Supervision / Composer (Music Score), Tony Martinelli (Editor), Fred A. Ritter (Art Director), Charles Thompson (Set Designer), Larry Ceballos (Choreography) - - - - Our story line and plot, Roy an undercover insurance agent pretending to be a showboat performer, searches for Dales Evan's (a showboat singer) father, an escaped convict falsely accused of stealing an express box five years previously --- The showboat setting provides the opportunity for eight songs and an extravagant final production number --- some wonderful tunes, WESTERN WONDERLAND -- LUCKY ME, UNLUCKY YOU -- DOWN IN THE OLD TOWN HALL -- TIMBER TRAIL -- SHOW BOAT -- SONG OF THE ROVER -- TAKE IT EASY -- TWO SEATED SADDLE ON A ONE GAITED HORSE -- YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS -- DOWN MEXICO WAY.
the cast includes
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers
Trigger ... "Smartest Horse in the Movies"
Dale Evans ... Betty Weston
Grant Withers ... Express Agent Lucas
Harry Shannon ... Sam Weston
George Cleveland ... Capt. 'Cap' Joe
William Haade ... Buster, Roy's Sidekick
Bob Nolan ... Singer (as Bob Nolan and The Sons of the Pioneers)
Sons of the Pioneers ... Musicians (as Bob Nolan and The Sons of the Pioneers)
Tim Spencer ... Tim, Sons of the Pioneers
Hugh Farr ... Band Member-Fiddle Player / Sons of the Pioneers
Karl Farr ... Band Member-Guitarist / Sons of the Pioneers
Ken Carson ... Band Member / Sons of the Pioneers
Weldon Heyburn ... Charley Goss
Wally Wales ... Ferguson (as Hal Taliaferro)
Tom London ... Sheriff Allen
Dick Botiller ... Indian Pete
Janet Martin ... Showboat Singer
Bob Burns ... Townsman
Horace B. Carpenter ... Townsman
William Desmond ... Townsman
Franklyn Farnum ... Man in Audience
Geraldine Farnum ... Dancer
Shug Fisher ... Band Member Shug
Fred Graham ... Henchman
Si Jenks ... Old Timer Character
Rex Lease ... Gambler Jim
Frank Mills ... Lou, the Ticket Taker
Jack O'Shea ... Deputy
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Stagehand Wylie
Robert J. Wilke ... Deputy
1. Roy Rogers (aka: Leonard Franklin Slye)
Date of Birth: 5 November 1911 - Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Death: 6 July 1998 - Apple Valley, California
2. Dale Evans (aka: Frances Octavia Smith)
Date of Birth: 31 October 1912, Uvalde, Texas
Date of Death: 7 February 2001, Apple Valley, California
Check out a new book from Empire Publishing - "THE ROY ROGERS BOOK: A REFERENCE TRIVIA SCRAPBOOK" (Paperback) --- reference trivia scrapbook of Roy Rogers written by Western film historian David Rothel whose accounts of thrilling adventures of B-Western heroes during the Saturday matinees of yesteryear takes us back to our childhood, family and friends --- this is a wish come true, reliving those wonderful years from the past through the pen of David Rothel --- Roy was a top box office draw for Republic Pictures when you went to see him on the big screen, you got exactly what the marquee said --- plenty of thrills, action and hard riding with a song or two thrown in for good measure --- Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 as a member of the "Sons of the Pioneers" and elected again in 1988 as Roy Rogers "King of the Cowboys" --- Roy got his horse "Trigger" in 1938 and rode him in every one of his films and TV shows after that --- "Trigger" died in 1965 age of thirty-three --- Roy's dog's name was "Bullet" and appeared in almost as many of his films as "Trigger" did --- Roy's theme song, "Happy Trails", was written by Queen of the West and his wife Dale Evans --- inducted (with his wife Dale Evans) into the "Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum" in 1976 --- inducted as a member of the "Sons of the Pioneers into the "Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum" in 1995 just three years before his death --- Don't miss this one --- now appearing on Amazon and Empire Publishing --- Don't hesitate - rush out and pick up your copy today --- Great reading in the days and weeks to come --- I guarantee it!
Hats off and thanks to Les Adams (collector/guideslines for character identification), Chuck Anderson (Webmaster: The Old Corral/B-Westerns.Com), Boyd Magers (Western Clippings), Bobby J. Copeland (author of "Trail Talk"), Rhonda Lemons (Empire Publishing Inc), Bob Nareau (author of "The Real Bob Steele") and Trevor Scott (Down Under DVD Com) as they have rekindled my interest once again for Film Noir, B-Westerns and Serials --- looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage serial era of the '20s, '30s & '40s and B-Westerns ... order your copy now from Amazon where there are plenty of copies available on DVD --- stay tuned once again for top notch action mixed with musical adventure --- if you enjoyed this title, why not check out Amazon where they are experts in releasing B-Westerns --- all my heroes have been cowboys!
Total Time: 69 min on VHS/DVD ~ Republic Pictures ~ (1/01/2004)"